On Sunday, March 24 Don Wilding spoke to a sold out room! Noted historian, author and filmmaker Don Wilding gave his presentation of some of the greatest shipwrecks and rescues of Cape Cod’s outer beaches. His talk narrowws in on the earliest days of the U.S. Lifesaving Service (1872) to the early years of the U.S. Coast Guard in the first half of the 20th century, focusing on notorious shipwrecks including the Italian bark Castagna (1914), the Canadian schooner Montclair (1927), and the British ship Jason (1893), in which 25 men perished.
We have invited Don back for an encore performance in the Fall. Be sure to check back on our Events Calendar to see when he will return!
The weekend of March 22-24 the Cape Cod Maritime participated in the annual Boat Builders Show at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center. The days were filled with lively conversations, not only with attendees but with participating vendors as well. A ticket to the show also included admission to the museum so attendees had a chance to not only learn about everything the museum is doing this season but then could go and visit and experience the museum itself. We were excited to meet each and everyone who came and learned a great deal about the passion we all share with boat building!
We will be participating again at the 2020 Boat Builders Show and hope that if you missed it this year you come next year! We’ll be waiting for you!
On Sunday, March 10, as part of the Museum’s Sunday Lecture Series, Chatham resident Barbara Semple gave a talk about the life of her great aunt, Frances Carleton Brastow Amesbury of Rockport, Maine, a sea captain’s wife who spent much of her life on board various vessels during the China trade of the 1800s.
Based on Mrs. Amesbury’s shipboard journals, Ms. Semple has assembled a travelogue highlighting women’s voyages. She will discuss her great aunt’s travels around the world with her husband, Captain Stanley Amesbury, and what their lives were like at sea. Mrs. Amesbury formed close relationships with other sea captains’ wives on board these vessels, and her relationships with these women were an important part of her travels.
On Friday, March 15 the museum hosted our first artists Meet & Greet as part of our Cape Cod: An Artist’s View show. Over 70 people gathered at the museum to hear our featured speakers, Joyce Groemmer, Antonia DaSilva, and Betsy Payne Cook. Each artist was introduced and spoke about themselves, their art and artistic style and what inspires them. The attendees then had a chance to mingle and speak more with the artists. Our next Artist Meet and Greet is Friday, April 5 featuring; Luther Bates, Lauren DiFerdinando, Tom Leach, Donald Stucke and Whitney Wright.